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  • The Shepherd's Crown

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,802
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,674

Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel, and the fifth to feature the witch Tiffany Aching.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really Really REALLY going to miss Terry Pratchett

  • By Ruby on 09-05-15

Tons of Tears, Tons of Laughs

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-18

Terry Pratchett’s last book. A little darker than I expected, but also a great story. Our last sojourn to the Discworld, and a fond farewell to a land that sometimes seems more real than this realm.

There were a few times when I wept, and then I would find myself laughing even while I was crying, because Terry Pratchett handled this last Aching story with love and wit.

What are you waiting for? Get it already.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,869
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,710

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, Funny, Clever... a Sci Fi must have

  • By Tim on 06-29-17

Joe, Skippy, and the Pirates Save Humanity!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I love listening to first contact stories where humanity end up being the armed forces that fight in a galactic, multi-species war. Usually, humanity ends up with the short end of the stick, and they have to figure out quick how get out from under the shackles of the other alien species. This particular series is absolutely the best because humanity, which in this series can't even begin to comprehend how the alien tech operates, has the aid of an ancient artificial intelligence who can only be described as a jerk who helps mankind out of sheer self interest.

The human Joe Bishop and the beer can Skippy the Magnificent travel with the Merry Band of Pirates aboard the Flying Dutchman, trying to protect humanity by performing sabotage operations so that alien species leave humans alone. While the subject is very serious and dire for our species, the interaction between Skippy and Joe and the rest of the crew is always fun.

This series strikes a good balance between the seriousness of the missions and the levity between people who joke with each other because they work together well.

I have really enjoyed visiting this universe, and I shall continue to follow the adventures of Joe, Skippy, and the Merry Band of Pirates for as long as I can.

  • Aurora

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,126

A major new novel from one of science fiction's most powerful voices, Aurora tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system. Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By ewreirct on 07-14-15

Not for the faint of heart

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-16

I love KSR. All his books are beautifully written and fully engaging. I couldn't finish this book. Unlike his other works, this one has a much darker tone, and I just couldn't handle it anymore. It is hard sci-fi, and as always, it is a compelling read. He is a solid writer, and maybe in the future, when I am in a better place emotionally, I will be able to handle this story. For the time being, though, I'm going to take a step back, hug my loved ones, and be thankful that I'm not a member of that exploration ship.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dog on It

  • A Chet and Bernie Mystery
  • By: Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,945

In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two dewclaws up!

  • By Jessica on 12-08-10

Chet Is Awesome

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-27-14

As a pet lover who has owned dogs for a long time, I decided to pick up this mystery as a way to try something outside of SciFi, which is what I listen to the most.

I found myself enthralled by Chet. He's just an awesome dog. As a dog lover, I was taken on a ride with Chet's adventure. He's a loyal, cool dog who, like any dog, can get distracted, but he's a good boy always.

There were a couple of times during the story that I had to pull to the side of the road and listen while gripping the steering wheel tightly because of the suspense, but that only attests to Spencer Quinn's narrative style.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book and any other in the series. It's a great read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blindsight

  • By: Peter Watts
  • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 792
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 782

Set in 2082, Peter Watts' Blindsight is fast-moving, hard SF that pulls readers into a futuristic world where a mind-bending alien encounter is about to unfold. After the Firefall, all eyes are locked heavenward as a team of specialists aboard the self-piloted spaceship Theseus hurtles outbound to intercept an unknown intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gothic Horror Hard Science Fiction

  • By Doug D. Eigsti on 06-24-15

Too Different for My Taste

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Blindsight to be better than the print version?

No. I have not read the print edition.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something less strange. It felt a little too close to the Clarke stories about Rama with vampires and gene modified being included.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The reading was drone-like and made it hard to follow.

  • Callahan's Key

  • By: Spider Robinson
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Nobody blends good science with bad puns as brilliantly as Spider Robinson. Now he's back with the latest chapter of the Callahan saga: an improbable tale of impending doom, a road trip, space, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too much drugs and whores

  • By Dan on 07-04-09

Shuttle Launch Worth It All

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-07

This is a great story . . . and Callahan's gang travels to Florida to start a new life. Along the way, Spider Robinson writes one of the best descriptions of someone watching a Space Shuttle launch I've ever heard. The mental imagery brought tears to my eyes.

It is a great book, especially if you want to hear some great puns and good story line.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Variable Star

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein, Spider Robinson
  • Narrated by: Spider Robinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

At his death in 1988, Robert A. Heinlein left a legacy that almost single-handedly defined modern science fiction. But one of Heinlein's masterpieces was never finished. In 1955, he began work on Variable Star, a powerful and passionate tale of two young lovers driven apart by pride, power, and the vastness of interstellar time and space. Now, the Heinlein estate has authorized award-winning author Spider Robinson to expand his outline into a full-length novel. And the result is vintage Heinlein.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Variable quality

  • By Blanche on 06-24-15

Must Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-07

I listened to this book just after finishing "Have Spacesuit Will Travel." I was blown away by how well Spider Robinson captured the feel and pacing of Robert Heinlein in writing this story. Having loaded both books into my MP3 player, I went from the end of one to the start of the other . . . and it was pretty nice.

I would suggest you take the time to listen to this story.

5 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • 1776

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,048

Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Front Seat on History

  • By Mark on 10-22-05

A Great Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-06

I first became acquainted with Mr. McCullough's writing when I listened to the unabridged version of Truman. His narrative style, bringing in a fuller picture of the events surrounding the first years of the American Revolutionary War, really painted a greater picture for me of the era that led to the birth of our nation. Read it. It'll change the way you look at history.

  • Truman

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 53 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

The life of Harry S. Truman is one of the greatest of American stories, filled with vivid characters and dramatic events. In this riveting biography, acclaimed historian David McCullough not only captures the man, a more complex, informed, and determined man than ever before imagined, but also the turbulent times in which he rose, boldly, to meet unprecedented challenges.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By Erik on 01-30-04

A Wonderful Biography

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-05

Before listening to this biography, I only knew that Truman had succeeded FDR and was the man who made the decision to drop the first nuclear bomb. After listening to this book, I have come to love and get a greater understanding of Truman, the man. The book is excellent, and Mr. McCullough did a thorough job in trying to capture the essence of President Truman, warts and all. This biography truly made me wish I had had a chance to meet Harry S Truman, and in a way, I did.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful